What does the youth advisory board do?

Our YAB (Youth Advisory Board) is made up of graduates from our MEDIAGIRLS after-school program and older teen girls who are passionate about inspiring girls and improving the messages sent by media. Each month, we provide a specific mission that gives them practice in speaking up using social media.  Interested? Read on!

I’m interested. How do these missions work?

  • You will receive 9 missions over 9 months (one a month from Sept-May)
  • You will receive your mission on the 5th of the month and it will be due back on the 13th of the month
  • All of our missions involve speaking up for girls/women using social media (yours and/or ours) to spread your opinions.
  • You will be expected to complete at least 8 out of the 9 missions. (Complete all nine and we’ll send you a $25 gift card from Amazon!)
  • All of the missions happen over email. (We’ll text reminders!)
  • Twice a year we meet up in the Boston area to connect in person and have fun.

Can you share some examples of missions? (Yep, here are three.)

What qualities is MEDIAGIRLS looking for?

You…

  • are super reliable (this is a one-year commitment)
  • enjoy writing and expressing you opinions. (Click on some missions above to see what we’re expecting.)
  • will use your own social media accounts (whether it’s Insta, Snapchat, or another platform) for many of our missions.​
  • are in 6th – 12th grade, and living in Greater Boston area (within 40 minutes drive of Boston).
  • are excited to be part of our movement of girls using the power of media for positive change!

I want to do this! How do I apply?

Give us some info about yourself and why you think you would be a good fit for our board.  If we agree, based on your responses to our application (take your time with this), we will get back to you within seven days with more information. Thank you for your interest!

Let us know you’re interested

Parent permission slip

Please note that to serve on our Youth Advisory Board, we will need a parent to fill out the permission slip above.

Youth Advisory Board

Amari, age 12

She says: “If you have something to say, say it. Don’t let haters bring you down!”

Sheila, age 11

​​​She says: “We cannot just stand here and watch, we have to stand up for what is right

Lehna, age 12

She says: “I like being apart of an organization in which we empower women and girls to be ourselves!”

Olivia, age 15

She says: “Stay strong and stick to your beliefs no matter what. You should keep an open mind and try to understand different perspectives, but never sacrifice your values for the sake of what others think.”

Nori, age 15

She says: “The more you advocate and push your opinion online to hundreds of people the more they start to notice things that they never did, and that’s the beauty in social media.”

Claire, age 13

She says: “As girls, we need to speak up because our voices are just as important as anyone else’s.”

Sarah, age 13

She says: ​”I really enjoyed doing MEDIAGIRLS, and I want to continue to be involved and speak up for girls!”

Ashli, age 16

She says: “I can talk to young girls about problems, and also encourage young girls about anything.”

Kakazi, age 16

​She says: “You don’t have to be an extrovert to believe in the importance of your own voice. Strike a power pose and share your thoughts with confidence, clarity, and respect.”

Lila, age 13

She says: “Believe in yourself, and what you have to say to the world.”

Nicole, age 12

She says: Many people believe that there is such thing as a “perfect girl” because of media, and I hope to make them realize that all women are perfect in their own way.

Annika, age 12

She says: I want to make the world a better place, starting with stereotypes and taking them down. I feel that the Youth Advisory Board can help me and other people thrive in our identities and start to make the world a better place.